October 19, 2017
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Teens from New York, Tennessee arrested for Portland store robbery

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

A 19-year-old from New York and a 17-year-old from Tennessee were arrested by Portland police after allegedly robbing a Pine Street convenience store early Sunday morning.

Portland police announced Monday that they had apprehended Zachary Greenman, 19, of Clarence, New York, and a male juvenile, 17, from Franklin, Tennessee, and charged both with robbery after a short chase early Sunday.

The teenagers allegedly entered the Cumberland Farms store at 49 Pine St. just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks and armed with handguns, then threatened the clerk and demanded money, according to the police account released Monday.

The clerk, who was not injured in the incident, handed over what police described as “a small amount of cash,” then called 911 after the perpetrators fled.

“Officers established a perimeter around the store while a police [dog] began tracking the perpetrators down Pine Street and onto State Street. The two were seen leaving an alley. They attempted to flee in different directions but were quickly taken into custody,” Portland police Lt. Robert Martin explained in a statement Monday.

“Fortunately, incidents like these are rare and Portland remains a safe city to live and visit,” he continued. “The employee handled this incident well by complying with demands of the perpetrators and calling 911 immediately. He provided detailed information that helped officers quickly apprehend both men.”


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